Extra bedrooms to use as a rec room, a big finished basement or attic – today’s buyers want space they can custom feed to their interests, and Walsh notes that buyers are looking for flexible spaces that can be used for multiple purposes. While they may not be looking for that room for baby right now, they may want a game room, a home office or a home gym. Allowing them additional spaces to get creative with provides them with the ability to change their space along with their lifestyle as their needs evolve.
Also popular are smaller living spaces, which are both more manageable for younger buyers, and more efficient. Square footage is not the only thing younger buyers are cutting back on; some are also ditching the stairs.
“Younger buyers who are used to, and enjoy, apartment-style living are now also surprisingly looking for one-floor homes, a trend that we were formerly seeing with older generations,” says Walsh.
Who needs a separate kitchen and dining room? Martinez notes that Millennials consider separate, formal rooms a waste of living area. Instead, they look for open spaces and large great rooms that are easily serviced from the kitchen.